Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe

Unsweetened applesauce recipe is simple and delicious. Perfect for smearing on your morning toast or adding to oatmeal. Easy sugar-free apple recipe is a must-have this fall!

It is also gluten-free, dairy-free, keto and vegan.

Oatmeal and yogurt tastes great with addition of applesauce! You can also serve this applesauce with pork or baked chicken.

This easy apple recipe is a great use of your apple harvest! The output for this recipe is about 1-2 jars. Your house will smell so good when you make it!

Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, anise and apples – this is the best feel and aroma of cold autumn or early wintertime at home, isn’t it?

Unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon is absolutely favorite option for adding to bakes and breakfasts! This is a nice gift, if you go to visit your friends and family!

Unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon is perfect addition to your breakfast!

How to store applesauce

You can store applesauce in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

If you properly sterilize the jars and lids, it will stay good up to 4-6 month.

But it is so tasty that you can better make another batch!

We actually prefer to open the fridge at night and eat this apple sauce right from the jar… when no one sees. Haha!

Can you freeze applesauce

Yes, you can! Before freezing, cool the applesauce, add it into special container, leaving an inch on head space.

However, spices will loose all the flavor in the freezer, so better leave them out.

You can add the spices, when you defrost it.

Apple sauce can be stored in a freezer for a year!

Recipes with unsweetened applesauce

It is great for adding to baking. Add it to homemade bread like our apple cinnamon bread, waffles, cakes, pancakes or cookies!

We have sweetened banana buckwheat muffins, and added it to sweet potato butter. You will find these recipes on our blog!

Best apples for homemade applesauce

Best apples for this apple sauce are sweet and soft, that will cook fast. These are, for example, Braeburn, Crispin, Fuji, McIntosh or Cortland.

The variety of apples you choose will impact the sweetness of the sauce. Use Fuji or Gala apples for a sweeter applesauce.

This cooking method will work with any variety of apples. However, the variety of apple will also impact the cooking time and flavor.

By the way, this recipe is a perfect use of bruised and not-so-pretty apples. Just make sure you remove the brown or black spots!

How to sweeten unsweetened applesauce

Apples contain high amount of pectin, which allows the sauce to thicken and use no sugar and less cooking time.

You can always add sugar or alternative, such as erythritol or stevia, when cooking tart apples.

If you want to sweeten cooked applesauce, you can mix in liquid stevia, honey or syrup.

Unsweetened applesauce calories

Unsweetened applesauce recipe has 383 calories in total. The output is about 1-2 jars. So one serving is quite large. If you measure it by tablespoons, it will be around 25-30 tablespoons.

You will get around 15 calories in your spoon!

How do you make unsweetened applesauce recipe

Ingredients for unsweetened applesauce recipe are basically apples and water.

You can use any spices that you love with your apple recipes, such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, anise, cardamom. I think cinnamon is a must here, but other spices are optional. It makes so much difference in flavor!

Ingredients for applesauce: apples, water, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, anise, cardamom
Ingredients for applesauce: apples, water, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, anise, cardamom

The addition of lemon juice to unsweetened applesauce recipe is also possible. It will help to preserve the color and add tang. However, I always make my applesauce without it. And the final product looks and tastes great!

First, peel the apples and remove the core. If you don’t have fancy apple cutter and peeler, use your knife. If you leave the skin on, the result won’t be as smooth as you see here.

Simmer the apples with water and spices until they are soft and easy to mash. Stir from time to time, so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

About 30 minutes cooking time on low is usually enough. But if your apples are still firm, you can cook them longer. Add more boiling water, if apples are dry or start sticking to the pan.

Use your blender or masher to reach the desired consistency. If you like chunky sauce, you can leave it as it is!

Let it cool, fill the jars and enjoy!

A spoon full with applesauce

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Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe in jar

Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe

Cooking Journey
5 from 5 votes
Unsweetened Applesauce is perfect for smearing on your toast or adding to oatmeal. Oatmeal tastes great with this applesauce! Delicious, sugar-free, full of spices, easy apple recipe.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Global cuisine
Servings 6
Calories 383 kcal

Equipment

  • large pot
  • spoon
  • Hand or stand blender




Ingredients 

  • kg apples /3,3 pounds
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp nutmeg ground
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom ground
  • 5 cloves
  • ½ star anise
  • 1 cup water



Instructions
 

  • Clean and peel all apples. Use your knife or apple peeler.*
    1½ kg apples
    Clean and peel all apples. Use your knife or apple peeler.
  • Remove the core and slice apples. If you don't have apple cutter, use your knife to cut apples in thick slices.
    Remove the core and slice apples. If you don't have apple cutter, use your knife to cut apples in thick slices.
  • Put all apple slices in the large pot. Put the pot on the high heat.
    Put all apple slices in the large pot. Put the pot on the high heat.
  • Add a cup of water in the pot.
    1 cup water
    Add a cup of water in the pot.
  • Add all spices in a pot. Stir together, so the apples are covered.
    1 stick cinnamon, 1/3 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp cardamom, 5 cloves, ½ star anise
    Add all spices in a pot. Stir together, so the apples are covered.
  • Cover the pot with a lid, bring to the boil.
    Cover the pot with a lid, bring to the boil.
  • Cook on the low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring from time to time, until all apples are soft.
    Cook on the low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring from time to time, until all apples are soft.
  • Let it cool a little, then remove cinnamon stick, anise and cloves.**
    Let it cool a little, then remove cinnamon stick, anise and cloves.
  • Blend apple sauce with hand blender or stand blender until smooth.
    Blend apple sauce with hand blender or stand blender until smooth.
  • Fill the jars, cover with lids and store in the fridge.***
    Fill the jars, cover with lids and store in the fridge.



Notes

*Peeling apples will result in smooth applesauce.
** You can leave the cloves, if your blender has enough power to blend it.
*** This apple sauce will keep for up to two weeks in the fridge. This is a perfect small bath recipe that results in 1-2 jars of homemade applesauce.
If jars are properly sterilized, applesauce can be stored up to 4-6 months.
Apple sauce can be stored in a freezer for a year.
Keyword easy, gluten free, simple, sugar free, vegan

10 thoughts on “Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Homemade applesauce reminds me of third grade. We made it as a class and the whole school smelled like fall. This recipe brings back so many good memories and I can’t wait to make this for my girls.

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